Author

 
Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson

    Attica Locke’s double-barrelled saga
    Attica Locke’s double-barrelled saga
    Culture wars in the United States form the backdrop to this taut political cliffhanger.
    Well boiled: Philip Marlowe's long hello again
    Well boiled: Philip Marlowe's long hello again
    The 23rd novel by the Irish writer John Banville feels like the literary equivalent of Winston Churchill's description of Russia.
    How to be cool: Less ?is Elmore
    How to be cool: Less ?is Elmore
    Elmore Leonard’s slang-slung writing style was ?celebrated for "leaving out the bits that readers skip".
    Carl Hiaasen's monkey antics
    Carl Hiaasen's monkey antics
    There is a confidence, economy and enjoyability to "Bad Monkey" that give the impression of a writer back in love with his franchise.
    Rankin's favourite DI is back on the beat
    Rankin's favourite DI is back on the beat
    The 28th work of fiction from Scotland's most successful crime writer turns on five ominous disappearances.
    Son of HAL feeds on fear
    Son of HAL feeds on fear
    The Fear Index, a financial what-if, takes place entirely on the day that the Blair-Brown years officially ended: May 6 2010, election day.
    After Freud, the camera will rule supreme
    After Freud, the camera will rule supreme
    The death of Lucien Freud highlights a specific crisis in the art of the ­traditional portrait.
    The documentary's last stand
    The documentary's last stand
    Is this a good time for factual film-making? It depends on your definitions of fact and film.
    Bin Laden: the everywhere and nowhere man
    Bin Laden: the everywhere and nowhere man
    Instead of disguising himself in time-honoured fugitive tradition, this terrorist enjoyed provoking his enemies by distributing images of his face.
    Villainy afoot in the Vatican
    Villainy afoot in the Vatican
    From the facetious British foreign office memo writers to prophetic novelists, the pope and Catholicism have become the evil force of choice.
    Existential angst gets a feel-good spin
    Existential angst gets a feel-good spin
    Bad times call for upbeat slogans, producers seem to think, no matter what the film is really about, writes Mark Lawson.